Sat, Nov 15, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Gagne delivers late knockout blow


Philadelphia Flyers' winger Simon Gagne, top, raises his hand in celebration after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.


Olympian Simon Gagne scored 1:47 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 win over the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks in NHL play on Thursday.

Gagne also assisted on Eric Desjardins' goal at 16:11 of the third period that gave the Flyers -- who have yet to lose at home this season -- a 3-2 edge.

However, Todd Bertuzzi scored for Vancouver with just eight seconds on the clock to force an extra period.

The score was knotted at 1-1 after a period, with the Flyers' Mark Recchi and the Canucks' Jason King tallying.

Hurricanes 5, Thrashers 1

In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Hurricanes got a goal from Erik Cole just 24 seconds into a 5-1 drubbing of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Josef Vasicek, Rod Brind'Amour, Ron Francis and Kevyn Adams also scored for Carolina.

Patrik Stefan got Atlanta's lone marker, denying Kevin Weekes a shutout.

Senators 5, Blue Jackets 2

In Ottawa, Marian Hossa scored twice and collected two assists as the Senators rallied to rout the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2, all five Ottawa goals coming on the powerplay.

Hossa helped out on goals by Wade Redden and Radek Bonk, with Bonk notching two assists as well.

Columbus had gone up 2-0 after just eight minutes on goals by Trevor Letowski and David Vyborny.

Islanders 3, Canadiens 1

In Uniondale, New York, the Islanders got a goal in each period in a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Oleg Kvasha, Mark Parrish and Jason Blake scored for New York, which is an impressive 7-2 at home.

Devils 3, Panthers 1

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Devils got three of the four second-period goals to dump the Florida Panthers 3-1.

Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta and Jay Pandolfo tallied for the hosts, with Stephen Weiss counting for Florida to deny Martin Brodeur a shutout.

The Panthers are 1-1 under new coach Rick Dudley.

Predators 4, Flames 1

In Nashville, the Calgary Flames had the better of the play, taking 30 of the 52 shots, but the host Predators prevailed 4-1.

David Legwand had a goal and an assist to pace the Preds, with Kimmo Timonen collecting three assists.

Toni Lydman put the Flames on the board after just 6 1/2 minutes, but Tomas Vokoun was unbeatable the rest of the way.

Oilers 2, Wild 0

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Alaska-born netminder Ty Conklin, subbing for injured number one Tommy Salo, registered his first NHL shutout as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Wild 2-0.

Conklin turned aside all 22 Minnesota shots.

Ethan Moreau scored unassisted just 1:14 into the contest with Mike York finding the mark later in the opening stanza.

The Wild remained winless in regulation against Edmonton.

In other NHL games: Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2 (OT); Blues 4, Sharks 3 (OT); Kings 4 Maple Leafs 4

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